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Mariners line up post-break rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced his team's post-All-Star-break rotation plans Sunday, and Hisashi Iwakuma was given the nod to start the second-half opener Friday against the Angels.

He will be followed by Felix Hernandez and Chris Young in the three-game series at Los Angeles. Roenis Elias will then open a series at home against the Mets July 21, but McClendon did not announce a starter for the second game of the New York series. 

It is assumed Taijuan Walker will rejoin the rotation from Triple-A Tacoma. However, McClendon didn't seem pleased with how Walker fared for Tacoma Saturday, according to MLB.com. Walker allowed one run on four hits and one walk in five innings, but he needed 83 pitches and had only one strikeout. McClendon said the bar needs to be raised for Walker.

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Reds making sure not to rush Jack Hannahan
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Reds infielder Jack Hannahan, who is working his way back from October shoulder surgery, has gone 3 for 9 (.333) with one double and one RBI in three games since beginning a rehab assignment with Class A Dayton. He has been the DH all three games.

"He's starting to do some things at first base and we're segueing probably from DH to first base and eventually to third base," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "But he's doing some different throws -- like that 3-6-1 double play -- which requires a different arm angle and footwork. So every time we reintegrate something, there's typically a little more soreness afterward, as you would expect while getting into shape.

"So we're taking a step and then we're taking a day off for recovery. He felt great yesterday."

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Ramon Santiago sits out due to sore shoulder
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Reds manager Bryan Price chose to keep Ramon Santiago out of the starting lineup Sunday vs. Pittsburgh after he hurt his left shoulder diving for a ground ball while playing second base Saturday, per MLB.com.

"I think he's probably a little bit sore, but he can play," manager Bryan Price said of Santiago. "He got a little beat up yesterday, as you saw. But [the medical staff] did all the tests and stuff on him in there, and he had good strength and swung the bat fine and seemed to be OK. But I think he has the chance to feel a little bit more sore today than yesterday."

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Shin-Soo Choo needs to 'get himself back mentally'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Rangers manager Ron Washington kept slumping outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out of the lineup Sunday, saying Choo needs to "get himself back mentally," reports the Dallas Morning News. Shoo is hitting .152 over his lst 33 at-bats.

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Tim Hudson replacing teammate on NL All-Star team
by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson will take the roster spot of teammate Madison Bumgarner on the NL All-Star team because Bumgarner started Sunday vs. Arizona. It will be the fourth time Hudson has made an All-Star team.

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Twins set rotation beyond All-Star break
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Twins announced their rotation for the three-game series starting Friday against the Rays. Kyle Gibson, Kevin Correia and Phil Hughes will face Tampa Bay, with the rest of the rotation still undetermined, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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Tigers planning to get Victor Martinez back Friday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he's planning on getting designated hitter Victor Martinez back in the lineup Friday, reports MLive.com. Martinez hurt his back June 29 while taking a swing and will go into the All-Star break having played in just two of the team's last 13 games.

He's hitting .328 with 21 homers and 55 RBI. Martinez will participate in All-Star festivities but not the game. He'll swing the bat in a team workout early Friday, hoping to get cleared for Friday's game against the Indians.

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Alfredo Simon added to NL All-Star team
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon has been added to the NL All-Star team roster, a source told FOX Sports. It will be Simon's first All-Star appearance.

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Jordan Lyles moved to 60-day DL, hand not fully healed
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Rockies starting pitcher Jordan Lyles (hand) was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list Sunday. Lyles was set to begin a rehab assignment Friday, but it appears those plans are on hold after tests revealed his broken hand was not fully healed, manager Walt Weiss said.

"His hand showed he needed more time," Weiss said, per The Denver Post.

Weiss also revealed Lyles was involved in a car accident Friday. He was not driving, but he did receive cuts to his face.

"It was a minor accident, but he doesn't look real pretty," Weiss said.

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Corey Seager moving up to Double-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Dodgers shortstop prospect Corey Seager has been promoted to Double-A Chattanooga, according to the Los Angeles Times

Seager, who is considered a top 100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 34) and Baseball America (No. 37), hit .352 with a .411 on-base percentage, .633 slugging percentage and 1.044 OPS in 80 games for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He had two triples, 18 home runs, 34 doubles, 61 runs, 70 RBI, five stolen bases, 30 walks and 76 strikeouts.

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